Some of the best young bowling talent was on view at Stamford Indoor Bowls Club when it hosted its annual U17 junior tournament on Sunday.
Stephen Harris, 15, runner-up last year, emerged victorious to pick up the £50 first prize defeating Spalding’s Jordan Philpott in a thrilling final.
Showing great poise and steely determination, the Queen Eleanor School pupil was 4-1 and 5-2 down in the eight-end final but produced key shots on three successive ends before nailing the jack with his third bowl on the final end.
Harris won all his round-robin games and then accounted for Cameron Knox from Gallow IBC in Fakenham 12-4 in the semi-final. Philpott meanwhile edged home against another Stamford youngster Nathan Rigby (14).
Stamford bowlers Jay Travis-Jenner, Jonathan Chambers and Louise Harris all acquitted themselves well in a high quality competition instigated by Mike Ramsden and expertly administered by Keith Rippin and Paul Bailey. The tournament was sponsored by Spalding’s D&M Sports.
l Stamford’s Men’s B team have clinched the Third Division championship of the Lincs League, despite a 14-4 defeat against bottom of the league Louth B.
They needed four points and got them thanks to two winning rinks skipped by Martin Hewitt and Peter Banks.
Captain Roger Graham said: “It was a great effort. We were without some of our key juniors but we did what we had to do and we’re looking forward to competing on a higher level next season.”
Stamford’s women’s team, competing in the Lincolnshire Trudy Bates League, completed their most successful season for several years by defeating Spalding by 34 shots.
Captain Glenys Edwards said: “We’ve done much better than in the recent past.
“More players are keen to play, we’re more competitive and the rinks have gelled together.”
Results (Stamford names only):
Lincs Men’s League Division Three: Louth B 101 (14pts), Stamford B 76 (4). C Ballard, W Kettle, J Geary, M Hewitt won 26-15; T Barwell, P Pheasant, M Wallis, M Owen lost 11-24; K Rawlins, D Bruce, P Cox, R Martin lost 13-27; D Howarth, T Mackie, A Barnes, P Banks won 18-12 D Ingham, I Young, C Jones, J Earl lost 8-23.
Lincs Trudy Bates Women’s League: Stamford 107 (14), Spalding 73 (2). A Martin, M Dalby, V Du’Kett, P ‘OBrien won 25-12; J Gamble, F Rogers, J Harris, A Edwards won 17-12; M MacKellar, B Beeton, S Moir, D Mackie won 22-13; J Brennan, M Andrews, R Marsh, C Ford won 26-14; R Roberts, N Rawlins, C Cox, G Edwards lost 17-22
l Stamford bowlers narrowly missed out on a place in the English Over 60s county final.
They were part of the Lincolnshire Seniors team beaten by Yorkshire at Alfreton by just nine shots in the semi-finals.
Mike Ramsden, Bob Warters, Peter Edwards and Martyn Dolby, who lost narrowly in the English Over 60s fours final recently, produced the top winning rink with a 25-15 triumph. But despite overall domination with four winning rinks and a draw, a solitary 12-41 defeat by a Lincoln IBC quartet meant Linconlshire lost the match 131-122.